Over the weekend, HBO host Bill Maher slammed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, commonly referred to as the BDS Movement. According to Maher, the BDS Movement is a "bulls**t" litmus test for Democrats. Specifically, he was referencing Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who have been very vocal about boycotting Israel.
"BDS is a bulls**t purity test by people who want to appear woke and have actually slept through history class," Maher said, at which point the audience broke out into a thunderous applause. "It's predicated on this notion that is very shallow thinking, that the Jews are in Israel are mostly white and the Palestinians are browner so they [Palestinians] must be innocent and correct and the Jews must be wrong. As if occupation came out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied. Forget about the infectadas and the suicide bombings and the rockets and how many wars?"
After hearing his take, Tlaib did what she does best: call for people to boycott the popular liberal host.
Maybe folks should boycott his show.— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 17, 2019
I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now. https://t.co/Oa49ZVfrVN
But Maher clapped back at Tlaib, reminding her that most Democrats in the House voted to condemn the BDS Movement.
Some people have one move only: boycott. Cancel. Make-go-away. But here’s the thing, the house voted 318 to 17 to condemn the #BDS movement, including 93% of Dems. Does Tlaib want to boycott 93% of her own party? pic.twitter.com/0QrPQmwwiw— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 21, 2019
It's hilarious to see someone like Maher, who is often critical of President Donald Trump, and conservatives, to go after people in the Democratic Party. He's saying what the majority of Americans think and feel. The reality is simple: Tlaib and Omar are in the minority here. They can call for a boycott of Israel. It's not going to happen. They can call for a boycott fo Maher's show. It's not going to happen. If anything, whenever they call for these boycotts, it seems like they have the opposite impact: they garner more support for their opponents.